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Typing full names, at times, appears to be painstaking. That’s the reason it is not difficult to see files and folders on the web sites strangely spelled as if they are written in altogether different language. People use shortcuts; it gives a tough time to others when they strive to decipher them and strains the server too while go on reading.

This practice should stop as it might prove bothersome to you and detrimental to your business as well. Please remember that avoidance of this practice is advantageous – for you, your web site, and more importantly, for your end users.

This is precisely because names of your files and folders get reflected in the URLs. Therefore, your URLs can become no less than a museum in themselves. Tough to understand, tougher to remember, and very easy to drive the traffic away. This is so because some users are in the habit of navigating on the site, after landing on it from somewhere, by deleting some portion of the URL in the browser bar. Personalized, hardly understandable style of naming of files and folders could be damn annoying for them.

So, what could be understandable style of naming of files and folders? Here is the light.

• Follow the site map in naming exercise.

• Use lower cases. Avoid the use of space and characters like |, &, *, %, etc.

• Prefer not to use more than one extension while naming.

• Period is only to be used before extension.

• Use underscore (_) to separate two word blocs in URL in order to make it correlated with the site map and sound convincing.

Use absolute and relative link to your advantage
Keep in mind that the exclusive benefits of the above kinds of links when it comes to use the linking plan on your web site sensibly – and in your better interest.

Absolute link is something which is used whilst linking your web page to some another page belonging to altogether different web site. Absolute link owning to their property to link to other web site is detailed one, and cannot be mentioned in short.

Like for example, if you wish to link your web page, let’s say, to Portfolio section of our site i.e. www.blueappleonline.com you should provided with the URL as it appears on the browser bar pertaining to that section, viz. http://www.blueappleonline.com/portfolio/. When done so in this manner, it will instruct the browser to quit its current location and travel all the way to come at http://www.blueappleonline.com/portfolio/.


On the contrary, relative links are used to link one web page to another web page but within the same web site. The links provided are not with complete URL. Instead, they are indicative of relative position of the target page to the current one on the same server.

The point worth to be noted is that complete URLs can be given to accomplish intra site mobility, but it will make browser find its way from the root or beginng to the specified link. All this process consumes time, and might not be even noticeable for one or two such URLs, but plenty of them can subject users to most despised wait, and make browser work harder which can be avoided for better speed.

Here are some examples of relative links. Suppose, for example, you want to link our Design Gallery at http://www.blueappleonline.com/portfolio/Design-Gallery-1.asp to Business Solutions at http://www.blueappleonline.com/portfolio/business-solutions.asp which is in the same directory i.e. Portfolio, you can avoid writing the complete URL just by providing the link: will direct the browser to come to Partner with Us section in Edgevantage@INDIA directory regardless of wherever you happen to be at our corporate web site.

Let’s consider some other example of relative link. If you want to link to some other page which is altogether in different directory, you can use a useful command viz ../

Here is how to use it:

I wish your web site to be structurally simple with these useful guidelines.



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